KÖVESKÁL, RESIDENTIAL HOUSE EXTENSION 2010
The plot lies in the heart of Balaton-felvidék (Balaton Uplands), on the margin of Köveskál, along Kővágóörs út. From spring to autumn, the gently sloping main road accompanied by almond trees is a popular section of the bicycle paths around Lake Balaton. The landscape radiates an atmosphere of infinite tranquility; a scenic panorama of Káli medence (Káli Basin) is revealed from the site.
An old farmhouse stands on the property; it was renovated after World War II and augmented with several extensions over the years.
We were commissioned to create an architectural concept for a small-scale, modern extension using simple materials, while maintaining the proportions of the original building. The house, standing abandoned over the last few decades, should become habitable all year round.
The first step of the reconstruction was the dismantling of the earlier additions; only the original building has been preserved. Although the exterior appearance of the new extensions is identical with the painted surfaces of the original building, they have a modern architectural style: when passing the authentic, ornate gable overlooking the street, the spectacular glass surfaces and clear forms bring back the viewer in the present. The newly added, narrow “porch” is reminiscent of the atmosphere of old houses of Balaton-felvidék; the large openings offer a view towards the almonds or the old walnut tree for peaceful contemplation.
Péter Kis, Orsolya Hőna
Photo by: Péter Kis